Santiago could make the Tigers' roster as a long reliever whenever the regular season is able to begin, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Santiago looked like an odd man out at the start of spring training, but if MLB teams get to use expanded rosters when the season is able to start, the lefty could find his way into an expanded bullpen. His ability to work as a starter or pitch multiple innings in relief could be beneficial, as teams will likely have fewer off days and more doubleheaders, so bullpens could be taxed.
Santiago is competing for one of the Tigers' final bullpen spots to begin the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Santiago is now with his fifth organization in the past five years, and the journeyman doesn't figure to make a huge impact with the Tigers after posting a 6.68 ERA with the White Sox and Mets in 2019. The veteran is battling fellow lefties Nick Ramirez and Tyler Alexander for a role but will likely start the year with Triple-A Toledo, putting him squarely off the fantasy radar.
Santiago agreed Wednesday with the Tigers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
While he should get the token chance to compete for a spot in Detroit rotation that lacked dependable arms beyond Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull in 2019, the 32-year-old is more realistically being evaluated for a spot on the Triple-A Toledo staff. Detroit added experienced starters in Ivan Nova and Zack Godley to the 40-man roster this offseason and also retained Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Tyler Alexander, leaving Santiago on the outside looking in for the Opening Day roster. Santiago boasts experience in his own right with 139 career MLB starts, but he wasn't effective between stints with the White Sox and Mets in 2019, submitting a 6.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 33.2 innings.
Santiago allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight over four innings in Tuesday's 11-0 loss to the Tigers. He did not factor in the decision.
Santiago was the primary pitcher Tuesday and avoided a loss because opener Carson Fulmer was tagged for four runs in the first inning. Santiago, whose ERA rose to 6.89 following the outing, lines up to pitch in the season's finale Sunday against Detroit, although it's unclear if he would work as a true starter or follow an opener again.
Santiago will serve as the primary pitcher Tuesday against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Carson Fulmer will serve as the opener before giving way to Santiago. Since moving to the bullpen in August, Santiago has posted a 4.76 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 14:9 K:BB across seven appearances (11.1 innings).
Santiago is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Indians.
With Dylan Covey (shoulder) recently getting shut down, Santiago will slot back into the rotation for the final week of the season and pick up his first start since Aug. 17. Santiago covered 3.2 innings and 90 pitches in his most recent relief appearance Sept. 15, so he should be decently stretched out as he transitions back to starting duty. The veteran southpaw will tentatively line up for two starts this week, with his second turn set to come in the season finale Sunday versus the Tigers.
Santiago allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. He struck out four batters in the 6-5 loss.
Santiago was victimized by solo shots from Brian Goodwin and Justin Upton in this contest. The southpaw didn't last long enough to be in line for the win, and Evan Marshall ended up blowing the lead in the seventh inning anyway. In 17.1 innings between the Mets and the White Sox this year, Santiago has a 6.23 ERA and 15:10 K:BB. He is likely to serve out of the bullpen moving forward.
Santiago has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Angels.
The lefty will draw his second start of the season with the White Sox but isn't expected to receive any additional turns through the rotation beyond this weekend. Due to a doubleheader earlier in the week, the White Sox have a temporary need for a sixth starter, so manager Rick Renteria will turn to the veteran to eat some innings Saturday before Santiago moves back to the bullpen.
Santiago is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday against the Angels, Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox need a rotation fill-in after Tuesday's doubleheader, so Santiago will make his second start since joining the team. Santiago hasn't made an appearance since tossing 4.2 innings of long relief Aug. 6 against the Tigers.
Santiago (1-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five across 4.2 innings to take the loss in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Tigers.
Santiago was called up to start the second game of the team's doubleheader but failed to provide quality innings. He was charged with at least one earned run in three of the five innings he pitched, though he did not allow a home run. According to James Fegan of The Athletic, manager Rick Renteria said the team hasn't decided on Santiago's role going forward, but it looks like he'll be returning to the bullpen.
Santiago's contract was selected as expected ahead of his scheduled start in the nightcap of Tuesday's twin bill against the Tigers.
After finishing four straight seasons with an ERA of 3.75 or below, Santiago owns a mediocre 4.84 mark over the last four years. He could be auditioning for a spot in the White Sox's rotation down the stretch, but nothing in his recent past (including his 5.84 ERA over seven starts this season for Triple-A Charlotte) suggests he'll be a particularly interesting option.
Santiago will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to start the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader in Detroit, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox don't currently have an opening in the rotation, but Santiago could earn a spot over fifth starter Ross Detwiler with a strong showing in his 2019 debut with the big club. Since inking a minor-league deal with the White Sox in June, Santiago has made seven starts for Charlotte, submitting a 5.84 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 37 innings. The 31-year-old will be tough to justify including in weekly fantasy lineups outside of AL-only formats.
Santiago allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
The White Sox will need a fill-in starter this coming weekend, but it seems Santiago will be passed over in favor of a bullpen day headed by Carson Fulmer. Santiago threw 72 pitches (48 strikes) for the Knights in his first start since May 16. He may be considered for a big-league start soon.
Santiago will start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Santiago pops up on the radar after the White Sox designated Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment Monday. Chicago has three healthy starters and will go with a bullpen game Tuesday, so it needs bodies for the rotation. Santiago served as a starter in the minor leagues with the Mets earlier this season and last started May 16 (seven innings) for Triple-A Syracuse. On his current five-day schedule, he could join the major-league club this weekend, possibly to start Sunday at home against the Twins.
Santiago agreed to a minor-league contract with Chicago on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Santiago became a free agent Wednesday after being designated for assignment by the Mets, as his time on the open market didn't last long. He struggled to a 6.75 ERA with six strikeouts over eight innings this season with New York, and he'll report to Triple-A Charlotte after linking back up with Chicago -- the team he made his big-league debut with in 2011.
Santiago elected free agency Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Santiago will test the open market after being designated for assignment and subsequently clearing waivers. In eight appearances for the Mets prior to being released, Santiago compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 6:5 K:BB in eight innings.
Santiago was designated for assignment following Friday's game against the Cardinals after allowing one run on one hit and one walk over one inning, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Santiago has given up a run in five of his eight appearances this season, so the Mets have elected to boot him off the 40-man roster. He'll head to the waiver wire, though he appears unlikely to draw much interest given his recent struggles.
Santiago had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Santiago will replace Seth Lugo (shoulder) -- who was placed on the injured list Monday -- on the 25-man roster, while Jed Lowrie (hamstring) was shifted to the 60-day IL to free up a spot on the 40-man. The veteran right-hander has worked primarily as a starter in the minors this season, compiling a 3.35 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 38:23 K:BB in 43 innings with Syracuse (eight starts, one relief appearance), so he'll likely fill a long-relief role during his time with the big club.
The Mets reassigned Santiago to minor-league camp Saturday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
The left-hander was hoping to win one of the last spots in the Mets' bullpen, but the club elected to keep Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy instead. Santiago is set to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Santiago signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Saturday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Santiago spent 2018 with the White Sox, starting seven games and appearing in 42 more in relief. His 4.41 ERA and 22.4 percent strikeout rate are respectable, but he walked 13.0 percent of opposing batters and finished with a 5.09 FIP. His FIP hasn't been below 5.00 since 2015. He'll likely be battling for a long-relief role in New York but could wind up making a handful of starts if things break his way.
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